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Published on January 16, 2014

Breast cancer on the rise in Illinois

American Cancer Society report breaks down the projections for 2014 state by state

Ladies, it’s time to schedule your mammogram.

The American Cancer Society projects there will be 9,230 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in Illinois in 2014.

Each year, the American Cancer Society estimates the number of new cancer cases and deaths expected in the United States and compiles the most recent data on cancer incidence, mortality and survival based on incidence data from the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

The report estimates there will be 1,665,540 new cancer cases and 585,720 cancer deaths in the United States in 2014. Of that, breast cancer is expected to account for 29 percent of new cancers among women.

Awareness and early detection is key in the fight against breast cancer. Palos Community Hospital’s Women’s Center now offers 3D Mammography™ to help screen for the disease at more treatable stages.

With breast tomosynthesis, a three-dimensional image of the breast tissue is produced, helping radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.

Breast tomosynthesis should benefit most screening and diagnostic mammography patients, and is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening, those who have dense breast tissue and women with a history of breast cancer.

Erwin Thimm, M.D., a radiologist at Palos Community Hospital, recommends women practice the three pillars of breast health: perform monthly self-exams, see your doctor yearly and get your annual mammogram.

“There’s no way to prevent breast cancer, but if you do these things you can improve your chances of survival if you do get it,” Dr. Thimm says.

For more information about the Women’s Health Center or to schedule a mammogram, call (708) 827-2030.